What I Got For Christmas: Make-up

Hey there guys

So, I am going to write a few posts about the different presents I received this year. As much as I was so grateful to receive these presents this year, I must say I enjoyed giving presents a lot more this year. It was just so good to make people happy and to show my friends and family how much they mean to me. I am showing you my presents because I am very pleased with them and just in case any of you want to purchase them.

As you can see by the title, this post will be about make-up. I received three new make-up products, two from my friend Janneke and one from my mum.

Firstly, my mum got me something I’ve been wanting for a long time – the Urban Decay Naked Palette 2. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is one of Urban Decay’s eyeshadow palettes, and the shades in this one are more “taupe-hued neutrals” with some old favourites. Using online tutorials, I have been using the shades Tease, Verve, Pistol and Blackout to create a silver smokey eye and have been getting lots of compliments. Also, my palette (purchased from Debenhams) came with samples of Urban Decay primer, which has been making my shadow last all day with no need to reapply. Will definitely be buying this primer to use more in the future.

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My friend Janneke got me another eyeshadow palette, from Makeup-Revolution, called Run Boy Run. It contains 18 shades, 12 shimmer and 6 matte. The colours are really pigmented and the variety of colours can create a variety of looks. I am really excited to try this out more, I just can’t bear taking those first dabs and ruining the perfect surfaces!

 

  

She also got me a must have item, a Real Technique Beauty Blender. I have just switched back to liquid concealer so this will definitely come in useful. It comes with really easy to follow instructions about what products to use on what side of the blender, and helps blend in skin products like a dream. Would definitely recommend to every make-up addict!

 

  
 So that’s it for the make-up presents! In my next post I will show you some lifestyle presents I received (to give you a hint, it involves a certain coffee shop that does amazing pumpkin spiced lattes!)

Emma x

Merry Christmas!

Hey there guys

Not a massive post today, but just wanted to wish you all a happy Christmas! I hope you all had lovely days with your family and loved ones and stuffed yourselves full of food.

I will do a bigger post with the presents I have in a few days, due to the fact that my main present will be an iPhone 6S! Along with my other presents, I have had a very nice day and consider myself extremely lucky.

Emma x

Equality not Superiority

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I know, I know…where have I been? It’s December! Let me tell you, the last year of sixth form is a nightmare. The amount of work I’ve had to do this term alone is staggering…but at least it’s nearly Christmas!

Today I wanted to write a more lifestyle post, and will hopefully post more updates concerning clothes and Christmas over the next few weeks.

So all my academic life, whenever I had to write an essay or other text concerning human rights, my teachers and peers always said my feminist views were very apparent and I had valid points. I never really introduced myself to people as a feminist, but with the growing media focus on both women’s and men’s issues, my strong opinions make it quite clear what I support. Considering the industry I want to enter later in my life and that I want to change the under-representation of women in it, I do now consider myself a feminist.

And as soon as that happens…

“Oh she’s a feminist! She can’t make us sandwiches any more!”

“We can’t hold open doors for her because that’s misogynistic!”

That’s the perception I want to change.

Personally, for me, feminism means achieving equal rights and respect for men and women in society. It doesn’t mean women should have more power than men, or that women should run the world. It means that horrible situations like rape, of women and men, shouldn’t exist because even the thought of taking advantage of someone against their will is horrific. Or at least it should be. I have seen feminists who speak of their beliefs being sent threats, some of which using rape as a threat. Why? People of all ages, young or old, male or female, should have the common sense that something as horrible as rape should never be used as a threat. Feminism for me also means that women should be able to go out with their friends at night and not be scared that someone will spike their drink. But at the same time, it also means that men should be able to speak up against domestic/sexual abuse without being told they are lying.

I am tired of feminism being labelled. It’s not a man-hating movement – it’s a strive for equality, and equality is what we need in society to progress and move forward.

Thank you for reading

Emma x

Blogger meet up

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So, as promised, this post is a bit more cheerful than my last. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has read and supported my last post, it has got nearly 400 views in less than 24 hours, which I did not expect at all. I love you all ❤

Today, me and fellow blogger Tallulah headed up to London to participate in the #ldnsummermeetup. We met a few other bloggers and it was really nice to spend a day together, chatting, shopping, talking about life and of course our blogs. Thank you to @Sophiesaidx and @beautybabbles for organising a lovely day.

We all received a free goodie bag, and here’s the items inside:

St. Moriz Fast Self Tanning Mousse

This looks fab! I am going on holiday to Spain soon and I am terrible at tanning, so this will definitely be my backup option! The instructions are well explained and it smells divine. I can’t wait to try it out!

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Balmi Moisturising Lip Balm

This lip balm is oh so lovely! It comes in a cute little container with the lip balm itself being a conical shape. There are 5 available flavours that I know of, and I received coconut. I don’t normally like coconut flavoured products, but this one has a soft, delicate aroma and feels great on my lips. Will be definitely be buying more of these in the future!

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Popband

Every girl knows the struggle – hairbands that leave horrible kinks in your hair and cut into your wrist. The solution is here! Popband’s no dent hair ties leave your hair looking lovely when you take it out of whatever style you have, and look super cute when they’re on your wrist!

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Jewellery box

In this cute little box, I received an even cuter necklace and earrings. The necklace I got has a little infinity symbol, and the earrings are matching gold studs hanging on small chains. I can’t wait to wear this combo on a night out or with a cute day outfit.

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Some other things I got today:

IMG_5138 – my first pair of trousers in the “harem” style. I am absolutely in love with them. They make such a change from jeans! They are so comfortable and I love the pattern. Tallulah was kind enough to buy them for me as a belated birthday present, but for £12.99, they’re still very reasonable. Click here to buy them or see the other patterns they offer.

I am absolutely obsessed with Joni jeans, and bought another pair today. I realised I have been wearing a lot of black and white lately (especially black jeans) and even though I love these colours, I felt I needed some brighter colours in my wardrobe. I picked these jeans in a lovely dark blue colour – Topshop Joni Jeans.

IMG_5150 – and finally, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of taking pictures in a photobooth.

Such a lovely day, can’t wait to attend more meet-ups in the future!

Lots of love

Emma

xoxo

“Just a phase”

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Sorry for two posts in one day, but something was said tonight that inspired me to write this post.

So for those of you who don’t know, I am bisexual. I am attracted to both men and women. I realised this about a year ago, and at first I was quite shy about it. I knew a few girls at school who were supposedly bisexual and had had relationships with other girls, but then had been found out to be lying. I knew my feelings were genuine, and I didn’t want to be mistaken for one of these girls. I kept it to myself for a while, but when I discovered that my friends were accepting of my sexuality, I became more open about it. Of course, the majority of my friends have been wonderful about it and have completely accepted who I am. Others haven’t been so accepting.

Tonight I was talking to someone very close to me who has never believed me about being bisexual. When I came out to them, they refused to acknowledge it. That was over a year ago, and we haven’t talked about it since. Tonight, she randomly brought it up in conversation, her tone implying she still doesn’t believe me. I didn’t make a huge fuss about it, but it brought me down after a good day, so I wanted to write about my feelings.

I know lots of bisexual people come under fire because of disbelief. We are told to “stop being so greedy” or “settle down and just choose one” or to “get over yourself, it’s just a phase.” Maybe some of us do go through a bisexual phase, but the ones who truly do, don’t do it for attention. We do it to figure out what makes us happy. Why shouldn’t anyone be happy? We should all be able to figure out what we want in life and how to make ourselves the happiest we can be. Sometimes, people need to experiment to find out if another person can make them happy.

Society tells us that men must fancy women, and women must fancy men. Gay man have been stereotyped as feminine, weak and somehow lower in society because of their sexuality. Lesbian women have been stereotyped as big, butch pierced girls who are lesbians because they “can’t get boyfriends.” Fortunately, those images have changed over the years, and with gay marriage becoming legalised in every American state, it shows society continually developing and moving forward. However, what is the bisexual stereotype? Even with society becoming more accepting of homosexuality, it is still considered “weird” for men and women being attracted to both genders. Why? Why should we be limited to one? If you find that one person who supports you, cares for you and loves you with all their heart – why should it matter what gender they are? Why is society still so keen to limit everyone to one gender, when their soul mate might be the same gender as them?

One book that I suggest everyone reads is Sing You Home. It is about a woman, Zoe Baxter, who falls in love with her best friend after her husband divorces her. She is oppressed by others and denied rights to her frozen embryos when she wants a child. Her ex-husband treats her with no respect, starts a court case against her and rallies a whole community against her simply because of jealousy. Why does society tell us women should like men, when in this case, the man treats her badly, yet the woman treats her with the love and respect she deserves. Why should gender affect love?

I know it sounds cheesy and corny, but everyone deserves love. If society is so desperate to give everyone equal rights and let everybody be happy, why can’t we express our beliefs without being told we’re lying? I have been told by a few different people I am just “going through a phase.” I know who I am, and if you want to stop me from being myself, you have no place in my life. If later in life I decide I am of another sexuality, then I know that this period of my life will have help my discover who I am.

Thank you guys for reading, this was quite a difficult subject for me. The next post will be happier, I promise 🙂

Lots of love

Emma

xoxo

I’m sorry!

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So, it’s been nearly 3 months since I have written a blog post – eek! In that time, a lot of things have happened:

– My birthday! I finally turned 17, after practically everyone in my year has had their birthday. My main present from my parents this year will be a car, but I also got a few other trinkets like shop vouchers and getting manicures. My friends were insanely cute and organised a not-so surprise meal for me (which I might do a separate post about) and got me lots of presents.

– My parents allowed me to have my first ever party. Nothing too bad happened, apart from a couple of my friends being ill because of some dodgy alcohol. I was a bit nervous because I was mixing different ages and friendship groups, but by the end of the night everyone was friends and nothing was broken, so the night was a success.

– I have finished college for the year! We finished our exams a couple of months ago, and then spent 4 weeks starting to learn A2 material. Every year of education gets harder, and even though next year will be my longest summer, it will be the hardest work I’ve had to do before university. I am going to make the most of this summer by seeing as many people as possible before I buckle down to do my work.

– I have had a few dramas within various friendship groups. The most upsetting being dramas involving girls from my old school terrorising me on social media, and one of my best friends of over 3 years turning into the exact opposite of a best friend. These have hit me quite hard, as I didn’t expect it to happen. I’ve surrounded myself with my true friends and family and spent time doing things to cheer me up.

– I am going on holiday in just under two weeks, to sunny Spain. I am so excited to get away from rainy England and try to tan. I am getting a manicure before I go (for the first time), and hoping it will last throughout the holiday. I will do blog posts about what I get up to and the various outfits I wear.

More posts to come soon!

Lots of love

Emma

xoxo

Birthday Open House OOTD

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So, it is exactly one week till my first AS Level. I am scared out of my mind (way more scary than GCSEs), and hopefully I don’t fail spectacularly. My first one is Film Studies (2 and a half hours, ugh), then English Literature, then English Language in June, and then we have to stay in college till the 6th of July (my birthday) to start learning the A2 material. Oh joy.

Anyway, as some of you may know, it was my best friend (and blogger) Lara’s birthday the other week, and she had a little open house gathering for family and friends, as well as having just friends over for a party in a couple of weeks. As I quite liked my outfit, and Lara looked super lovely, thought I would share our outfits.

Lara and I

Me:

Crop top – New Look (unavailable)

Jeans – Topshop

Shoes – Boohoo

Lara:

Dress – Ted Baker

Belt – Ted Baker

Shoes – New Look

Hope you enjoyed reading, sorry if updates become even slower because exams are coming up, but I might write a few as stress relief.

Emma

xoxo